More NZers avoid antibiotics to cure flu
11:55AM Monday May 14, 2007

Attitudes by New Zealanders toward antibiotics are showing a change for the better but there is still room for improvement, according to a survey issued today by the government drug-funding agency Pharmac.

The Colmar Brunton survey of 500 New Zealanders showed that fewer people going to their doctor to be treated for colds and flu were expecting to receive an antibiotic.

There was also an increase in the number of people who agreed the best way to treat colds and flu was by resting and drinking fluids.

The survey's results have been issued at the launch of the 2007 Wise Use of Antibiotics campaign. The campaign, now in its 10th year, emphasises that antibiotics do not treat colds or the flu, but if people had any doubt they should see their doctor.

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